Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

10 months
Processing time: 5 days
Application fee: CA$100
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$20,085
Domestic tuition: CA$5,185

Program overview

During the first term, you are introduced to the fundamental principles of child development, health, safety and nutrition for the caregiver and the child, as well as positive child guidance. You will also have opportunities to plan early childhood play-based activities in the areas of art and literacy.

The second term builds on the content from Term 1, developing further into studies of child guidance and the foundations of professional practice. You will explore responsive learning environments and different curriculum models, including emergent and project-based curriculum.

In addition to scheduled classes, you will participate in a variety of practicum experiences. This allows you to explore different models of child care and different early learning environments. You will begin your practicum experiences with a focus on observation and will advance to implementing curriculum and working directly with children.

In the third term, you will participate in a field placement four days a week, working with a mentor while planning and implementing curriculum. Some classroom work is also required, such as participation in seminars and attendance in the Child, Family, and Community course.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
  • Duolingo English Test

High school transcripts

Post-secondary transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended

Post-secondary credential (certificate, diploma, degree, etc.)

Official language proficiency scores

C in English 12 or equivalent 

A signed Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSA) document. The RSA document describes the requirements for practice in early childhood care and education. Prospective students need to review these and decide whether they believe they are able to meet them. Should you have concerns about being able to meet the RSA’s, please contact the ECCE Department Chair.

Applicants with valid study permit and already in Canada must submit a copy of the study permit

 Original documents not in English must be accompanied by certified 3rd party translation

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). 

TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19

TOEFL 550 (Code 8538)

CAEL 60 and writing 60

PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46

Duolingo English Test 105 taken after January 2020 (re-test score within 3 weeks between each testing is NOT accepted)

Career opportunities

 Program graduates receive NIC’s Early Childhood Care and Education certificate, which fulfills the provincial ECE curriculum requirements for certification and employment in the early childhood education sector in BC.

Campus location

Campbell River , Canada

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